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State of the Preserve Report Published

on April 4, 2013 - 8:27am



VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGSThe Valles Caldera Trust 2012 State of the Preserve Report details the journey of an overused, exhausted landscape to its improved condition and provides a peek at the road ahead.

The report, released Thursday, is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures unique to the trust, and provides baseline data, which aids the strategic management of the preserve.

However, the report also points out that some of the resources Congress believed would contribute to financial self-sufficiency were either overestimated

Learn About YMCA Express Through Orientations

on March 29, 2013 - 9:45am
YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is offering free orientations to its new Y Express facility beginning at noon today.

One of the Y's wellness coaches will introduce community members to the Functional Training room at the Y Express, discuss and demonstrate proper use of the functional training and cardio room machines and give attendees an opportunity to try out the equipment.

Anyone unable to attend a scheduled orientation may schedule an individual orientation.

These orientations are free to the public, Y membership is not required and there is no need to register. 

Several days and times are

Los Alamos Historical Society's April Lecture: 'Bandelier Trails: Before & After'

on March 27, 2013 - 1:29pm

Dale Cocker

LAHS News:

Bandelier's Trails Program Manager Dale Coker will present, “Bandelier Trails: Before & After” at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

Coker's April lecture is sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Coker will take the audience on a journey where he presents and annotates his Bandelier National Monument photo album, entertaining questions along the way. 

He will begin with a short history of the trail system in Bandelier and then talk about the effects of the Las Conchas Fire on the trails and give an update on current conditions.

About the

Puppy Kindergarten Classes Begin April 3

on March 26, 2013 - 7:15am


Photo by Sue Barns

Calling all puppies!

Puppy Kindergarten classes are about to begin at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club.

These fun, informative classes for puppies ages three to six months help to start puppies off on the right paw and build a solid foundation for their future.

Puppies learn basic commands and build confidence by playing on agility obstacles and socializing with other puppies.

Puppy raising problems and concerns are addressed in the class, which meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. each Wednesday for six weeks starting April 3. 

A few slots remain and the cost for

Underground of Enchantments Opens April 5

on March 25, 2013 - 6:53am
Lechuguilla Cave. Photo by David De Roest

MPL News:

Underground of Enchantment is a 3D photo exhibit featuring the beautiful, magical, microbial secrets of one of the most interesting caves in the world - Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico.

The exhibit opens from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery and 5-6:30 p.m. at PEEC and continues through May 29.

The cave is part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the exhibit originated with and is traveled by Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

Lechuguilla Cave is the deepest limestone cave (1597.4 ft/486.9m) in

Ribbon Cut on New Multi-Use Covered Arena

on March 24, 2013 - 9:24am

Molly Blair enjoys a cookie at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new multipurpose arena Friday. Molly's miniature horse Bella hopes for a bite of Molly's cookie. Photo by Greg Kendall/
County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Los Alamos Pony Club Leader Lisa Reader prepare to cut the ribbon for the new arena. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

A crowd gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday afternoon, March 22 for the newly completed multi-use covered arena in the North Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos.

Designed as a place to ride

Hike Burnt Mesa Pueblo with Dorothy Hoard

on March 23, 2013 - 8:34am
Hikers explore Burnt Mesa. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC on a historical hike of Burnt Mesa Pueblo led by Los Alamos Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard.

Hoard will lead this popular hike to spectacular viewpoints starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

In the 1290s, the ancestral Pueblo people built several villages across the Pajarito Plateau of a special design that archaeologists came to call "plaza sites.” 

Room blocks were built in a tight square around a plaza with only one narrow entrance.

Much Anticipated Mud Kitchen Coming to PEEC!

on March 23, 2013 - 8:19am
Young engineers construct a fort at the PEEC Nature Play area. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The weather is warming up and that means it’s time to build more forts at PEEC where fort-building area now includes a mud pie kitchen, complete with mud muffin tins, shovels and spatulas.

Whether you are an architect or mud chef, plan to be at PEEC from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, April 5 for First Friday Forts.

PEEC’s Nature Play area is fun for kids of all ages.

Smithsonian Magazine Ranks Los Alamos #8 of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013

on March 22, 2013 - 11:31am

Bandelier. Photo by Scott S. Warren/SM



Los Alamos comes in number 8 of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013, according to Smithsonian magazine.

In its April 2013 edition, the magazine states:

"What makes a small town big on culture?

Valles Caldera: Elk Hunting Lottery Closes March 20

on March 19, 2013 - 7:45am


VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of New Mexico’s premier elk hunting locations with between 2,500 and 3,500 elk occuping the Preserve for breeding, calving and foraging.

Hunts on the Preserve are designed to pay homage to man's oldest relationship with animals by providing the public with a hunting experience that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive.

At the mandatory hunt orientation session, hunters will be assigned a hunting unit within the Preserve. These hunting units are 3-6,000 acres in size and are comprised of forest and grasslands.

March Events at Bandelier

on March 16, 2013 - 9:09pm

Pika. Photo by Sally King/BNM


March Events at Bandelier

The skies are blue, the sun is shining, and the warm weather make it a perfect time to explore Bandelier National Monument. 

Join us for fun and exciting activities in the month of March:

March 18-24 – National Wildlife Week

  • During National Wildlife Week, learn more about the unique wildlife that call Bandelier home. A series of special programs will be offered throughout the week. 

March 23 – Survivor Bandelier

  • Join a ranger for a how-to guide on why animals live at Bandelier and how they adapt to a dynamic

Followup to Lost Treasure Hunter at Bandelier

on March 14, 2013 - 9:10am

BNM News:

Saturday March 9, search and rescue personnel found a missing hiker in good condition after she spent a freezing night hiking through difficult terrain in and adjacent to Bandelier National Monument.

The Carrolton, Texas woman had been searching for the buried treasure of multimillionaire Forrest Fenn.

The search and rescue operation involved three aircraft, dog teams and more than 40 volunteers and staff from the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, New Mexico Search and Rescue, Los Alamos Police Department and the Los Alamos Fire Department.

“Before you get

Mountaineers' March 20 Talk: Alpine Adventures in Patagonia

on March 13, 2013 - 8:53am

Climbing partners Doug Shepherd and Jared Vilhauer on a Patagonian summit. Courtesy/LAM

Cerro Torre, the rightmost of the sharp teeth in this Patagonian skyline, is one of the classic climbs of the Americas. Doug Shepherd will tell of his climbing adventures at the March 20 meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Courtesy/LAM


Alpine Adventures in Patagonia

Patagonia, windswept and wild, will be the subject of the March meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

Speaker Doug Shepherd is both a sponsored athlete (Mammut, Sterling Ropes, Cilogear Backpacks) and a

YMCA Express Officially Opens For Fitness!

on March 12, 2013 - 5:01pm

Community leaders, Chamber officials, Y Board members and staff gather together Monday to cut the ribbon on the new YMCA Express at 140 Central Park Square. Photo by Karen Kendall/

YMCA Board President John Wolfe cuts the ribbon on the new YMCA Express Monday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Nearly overcome with delight about her first workout at the brand new YMCA Express Monday, Lyla Lo, 17 months, shares a laugh with her father Chienchi Lo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Prime examples of how fit people become who workout at the YMCA, from left, United

Mountain Fifth Graders Tackle Skiing and Snowboarding

on March 9, 2013 - 6:59am
Pajarito Mountain Ski School instructors take students through their paces. Courtesy photo
Fifth graders who participated in the Mountain School skiing and snowboarding program at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy photo
Mountain Elementary students ride the chair lift at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy Photo
LAPS News:
Thanks to generous support from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol and Ski School, the 5th grade students from Mountain Elementary School were able to participate in a four-week ski and snowboard program.
Students were bused up to the mountain on Wednesday

Enrollment Underway for Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori

on March 9, 2013 - 6:54am

BMS News:

Enrollment for  Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori School is now open. 

The program will serve kids from first to fifth grade.

Bilingual Montessori School has a year-round program for children from 6 weeks of age through kindergarten.

During the summer, the school offers a Montessori based program focused on the arts for older children as well.

Visit to learn more about both of these programs, or call Odalys Fernandez at 505-672-1800.

Bilingual Montessori School is at 115 Longview Dr. in White Rock.


Volunteer Opportunities on Santa Fe National Forest

on March 6, 2013 - 9:22am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest is offering spring trail projects to volunteers to build new sections of trail.

Specific projects include construction of winding trails and retaining walls. There are six days from which to choose and there is no experience required.

The trail projects will be hosted on the Dead Dog Trail, located west of Santa Fe in the Caja del Rio for the following dates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day:

  • Friday, March 8
  • Sunday, March 17
  • Saturday, March 30
  • Saturday, April 13
  • Friday, April 19
  • * * Saturday, April 20
  • Sunday, May 19

Trail workday attire for everyone

Perch Paperie Extends Hours; Adds New Classes

on March 6, 2013 - 6:25am

Perch Paperie News:

Now shoppers will have more time to get crafty at Perch Paperie. The store is extending its hours!

Perch Paperie will now be open M-F 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perch Paperie has lots of fun classes coming up this month.

New classes are added all the time, so be sure and visit Perch Paperie online at or click on the Perch Paperie ad on the Los Alamos Daily Post to find out the latest.

Paper Straw Pinwheel kids class: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, $7, all ages
CD Case Sticker Book: 1-2 p.m.

Los Alamos Ski Patrollers Receive Awards

on March 5, 2013 - 7:14am

Young Adult Patroller Jamboree participants from left, YAP Cameron Guy, YAP Nathan Phillips, assistant patrol director Eric Schaller, patroller Dave Phillips and YAP JoAnna O'Neill. Courtesy photo

Outstanding Young Adult Patroller Nathan Phillips on duty recently at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy photo

YAP News

Nathan Phillips, a junior at Los Alamos High School, received the Outstanding Young Adult Patroller Award for the Rocky Mountain Division of the National Ski Patrol during the Young Adult Patroller Jamboree February 23-24.

Phillips and two other young adult patrollers from

King and Queen of Pajarito Mountain Crowned at Skiesta

on March 5, 2013 - 6:40am
King of Pajarito Mountain Steven Calhoun on a recent visit to Red River Ski Area. Photo by Michael P. Young
Queen of Pajarito Mountain JoAnna O'Neill at Saturday's Skiesta. Photo by Glen A. Wurden

Two teenagers from Los Alamos were crowned King and Queen of Pajarito Mountain at Saturday's Skiesta.

Steven Calhoun, 15, won first place in the Rail Jam and Sloppy Slalom events. JoAnna O'Neill, 15, won first place in the Rail Jam, Sloppy Slalom, Giant Slalom and Big Air events.

O'Neill was also crowned the queen at the 2012 Skiesta.

Hunter Education Class in Los Alamos March 16-17

on March 5, 2013 - 5:55am

NMG&F News:

There are several spaces remaining in the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Hunter Education class scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17 in Los Alamos.

All course registration is conducted online at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.
us and it is recommended to enroll as early as possible as courses fill quickly.

Roadrunners Set to Launch 40th Season

on March 2, 2013 - 7:08am


The Atomic City Road Runners Club is set to begin its 40th season next month.

The big event takes off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at the trailhead parking lot of Canyon Rim Trail, which is off East Road (N.M. 502.)

The Club will continue to meet every Tuesday through early October for one and three mile runs/walks at various courses throughout Los Alamos County.

For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Club’s website at:

Valles Caldera Trust Welcomes New Trustee

on March 1, 2013 - 8:23am

Catherine Allen

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS - Catherine Allen was officially appointed as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Trust, Board of Trustees Thursday.

She is the fifth trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and joins Kent Salazar and Karyn Stockdale, who were also appointed by the Obama administration.

“The Valles Caldera is a national treasure and must be respected as such,” said Allen, who served on President Obama’s Economic Development and Small Business Committee during the
first Administration.

YMCA Opens Second Facility March 11

on March 1, 2013 - 7:22am

YMCA News:

In support of expanding health opportunities to the community, The Family YMCA will celebrate the grand opening of a second facility, the YMCA Express, 140 Central Park Square, March 11.

Throughout the day, community members are invited to try classes 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at no charge. The day includes equipment and new class demonstrations, an open-house lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and at 12:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting.

“The new facility allows the Y to meet the increased demands for class space and equipment,” YMCA CEO Linda Daly said.

Junior Roller Derby League Meeting Thursday

on March 1, 2013 - 6:53am
LADD News:
Los Alamos Derby Dames will host a meeting to discuss collaborating with parents and interested skaters to start a Junior Roller Derby League in Los Alamos.
The Dames are welcoming girls age 12-17 interested in skating or support and their parents to Film Festival at 6:30 pm. Thursday, March 7 to discuss this project.
Here is a link to the Facebook event page: